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This fine French couteau de chasse dates to the last quarter of 18th c., and is mounted with a 55 cm. long, massive rhomboid blade. Marked by the maker on both sides, the blade states that the sword was made by the well-known French maker Guilmin, in Versailles. Guilmin was a fourbisseur to the Gardes Du Corps Du Roy, until his death some time in the 1770s, after which his widow continued to run the shop. This sword was made by the Guilmin atelier after maitre's death, which is indicated by the abbreviation Ve Guilmin, which stands for Veuve Guilmin - Widow Guilmin.
Ebony grip has no faults, engraved furniture of the hilt and the scabbard have acquired a nice uniform patina. Chamois leather covering of the scabbard has some age cracking. A wonderful, elegant piece.
Reference: J.Lhoste, J.-J.Buigne - Armes Blanches